Shepard Fairey, aka OBEY, is one of the most famous American street artist. He became one of the most influential artists of the contemporary scene after creating the symbol of Barack Obama campaign in 2008. He designed the image of the President in four-colour printing with the writing Hope. This has been defined by the art critic of the New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl, “the most effective American politics illustration since the days of Uncle Sam.”
Shepard artistic style is the typical of street art, a kind of parody and protest, the exact opposite of the advertisement, even though, he ended up publicizing many street artists thanks to its unique technique of stencil, collage and painting.
After the great success of his exhibition in Naples, OBEY landed in Detroit with Printed Matters. An exhibition organized by the Library Street Collective, which marked his return to the city for the first time in decades. This exhibition presents a series of works that tell his stylistic evolution and the importance of the print in his work through an exhibition of printed works on paper, wood and collage.
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From May 22nd to August 15th
Library Street Collective